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“[Have] the fire to go out there and compete with passion, the will to inspire others, and the faithful heart to touch the person next to you.” -Meira Duarte, representative of Hawaii for the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship Presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance and the City of San Diego.

Miera- 2014_smallMeira Duarte competing in AccesSurf’s 8th Annual Adaptive Surf Competition. Photo: AccesSurf

Meira, who resides in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, became the first woman to represent Samoa in the 2004 Summer Paralympic Games in Athens. An avid paddler and marathon enthusiast, the young mother of two insists on setting a strong example for her children in the hopes that they will choose to challenge themselves as they get older.

Meira believes the potential to be the best comes from the support of others. She lives courageously not only for her children but also for her teammates, which she will have the chance to display as a member of Team Hawaii.

Meira was part of history last year as Duke’s Oceanfest created its first women’s division, where she earned third place. Watch Meira make history again as she competes in the first World Adaptive Surfing Championship.

Check out Meira and others competing in the 2014 Dukes Oceanfest with AccesSurf: